In all the distress and disappointment that many of us had after the draft, I feel that Toney Douglas has been a bit overlooked. When the Knicks drafted him with the 29th pick, my reaction was a sarcastic “yay”. Unfair to him but it didn’t really have much to do with him; I had that reaction for the same reason people booed Hill. It was a manifestation of the disappointment of losing out on Stephen Curry.
I have to confess to never seeing Douglas play. I didn’t catch an FSU game that I can remember over the last few years, but I watched some clips, and Berman did a good job of laying out what Douglas can do for the Knicks, quoting Pistons director of Player Personnel George David:
“He’s one of the steals in the draft,” said the Pistons director of player personnel George David. “I thought he’d be 18, 19, 20. That kid is not a 29th pick. He’s a big-time scorer and lockdown defender.”
I’ve also reviewed his numbers (image via ESPN):
Strikes me as a lethal scorer, and effecient, plus able to do a lot of different things on the court, from rebounding to steals (and his reputation is certainly as a defensive stopper). Usually you don’t get much out of late first round picks, but sometimes you do. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Douglas.